Slingbox 350 & 500

Yes, there are plenty of apps that can give you access to some of your content away from home — but if you want real-time access to all of it, the Slingbox 350 & 500 ($180-$300) can help. Both boxes offer support for placeshifting video in up to 1080p quality and integrated IR emitters for controlling set-top boxes, but while the 350 gets its Internet connection over Ethernet and connects to video sources via component or composite, the 500 boasts built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI input/output, and offers SlingProjector technology for wirelessly sharing media from a smartphone or tablet on the TV. Either way, prepare to answer some questions from curious houseguests, as neither sports a particularly subdued design.

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